The word fantasy is often associated with love and sex. These two concepts are heavily involved in human daydreaming; but fantasies can be about anything.
Using your brain to explore foreign lands, change unpleasant situations, or long for nice things, is seen as a natural part of the human existence. But aside from providing temporary entertainment, fantasizing has a way of changing the environment around us.
You may not think so; but having the occasional fantasy can often do more for you than medicine, television, or even conversation. Here are five reasons why you should indulge your fantasies a little more often…
Pass the Time
You’re at the doctor’s office and all there is to read on the table are issues of Highlights magazine, Reader’s Digest, and a three year-old issue of Better Housekeeping. You’re not interested in skimming through any of these materials.
So what do you do? Indulge yourself in some good old-fashioned daydreaming. It’s the only thing that will keep you from paying attention to the silence in the waiting room. There are several other scenarios where you’ll find yourself waiting for your appointment.
Sometimes even the supermarket checkout line is hectic enough to warrant some temporary entertainment. Quite frankly, fantasizing (not just mentally obsessing over your To Do list) is your brain’s way of taking a little break from the mundane details of life. We can’t always take care of life’s business as quickly as we want to. Thus, using your mind to create a pleasant atmosphere is key to maintaining your sanity.
Rev Up Your Love Life
There is a reason why plenty of love experts claim that daydreaming is healthy for a relationship. Provided that you don’t act out fantasies that harm yourself or others, playing out certain scenarios in your mind helps people to tap into their innermost desires. Knowing what appeals most to you is often the first step in recreating a spark in a lackluster relationship.
Letting your imagination run wild is like a metabolism boost for your creativity. Daydreaming is often like having your own personal movie in your brain. Needless to say, if you have a shred of artistic talent in your body, then you’ll soon realize that fantasies are the stuff great art is made of. Great songs, amazing paintings, and of course, your favorite films were most certainly born of one person’s deepest fancies.
Ward Off Bad Dreams
Experts who study sleep patterns and dream states have some interesting advice regarding fantasizing, or daydreaming. In fact, many believe that fantasizing is the key to encouraging lucid dreams (the ability to control one’s dream.)
In short, using your brain to control thoughts and images right before drifting off to sleep is said to help one to do the same once he/she has entered the R.E.M. state. Suffice it to say, if you’re able to control the things happening in your weird dreams, you can easily turn a bad situation into a good one-thus, effectively warding off nightmares.
Fantasizing about the things we want helps us to set goals. Even dreaming big urges our brains to consider just how close we actually are from getting the things we want out of life. There is a reason why motivational speakers instruct their audiences to envision the kind of careers, homes, and lives they’d like to have. They do this because they understand that successes manifest themselves from thought.
For example, your dream of owning a yacht may prompt you to make plans for a cruise. No, a Carnival Cruise isn’t quite the same thing as owning a luxurious boat. But you’d be surprised by how very little it takes to satisfy a passing whim.